This master's thesis will offer two models to examine worldviews for human survival: the Titanic and the Ark. I conclude that the Ark represents the preferable worldview from an ecological perspective and argue that it is the basis for a more egalitarian view of laity in the church. I also suggest similar such studies as the basis for lay-led Christian formation activities centered on Creation care. Topics: Ecotheology, Human ecology--Religious aspects--Christianity, Animals--Religious...
Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist are the two primary sacraments of the Church and The Book of Common Prayer clearly puts them at the core of our liturgical life together and at the core of ministry. I hope in this thesis to, in the words of Fredrica Thompsett, “weave a tapestry of advice,” which clearly lifts up the symbols and values of baptism and the ministry of the baptized as expressed in the liturgies of Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist. I am not convinced that both sacraments have... Topic: Lay ministry--Episcopal Church.
In 1979 conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) staged a successful coup and gained total control of the denomination. Ministers who were not “loyal to the party in power” either left the new, conservative SBC or were chased away. This thesis uses interviews with W. Randall Lolley, Ginger Barfield, Anna Anderson, Molly Marshall, and Mona West to describe their journeys into and out of the Southern Baptist Convention. Also told is the story of the author, Cindy Savage-King.... Topics: :Southern Baptist Convention--History--20th century, Southern Baptist Convention--Controversial...
Good genes: Emerging Values for Science, Religion and Society is a group study guide and resource book for ethical deliberation and discussion about issues raised by recent developments in molecular biology, genetics and technology as these effect humankind. Everyone who makes choices or decisions which affect our own lives and the lives of others, and this includes all of us, has experience in ethics and therefore should be invited to approach this curriculum as equals, as learners from each... Topic: Medical ethics
No one (according to my research) has written about personal transformation with social transformation as the mission of the parish. No one has overlaid social transformation onto personal transformation in the context of parish life and mission. Theologian Richard Rohr (who forms much of his work from the spiritual insights of Thomas Merton) says, “true Christian spirituality requires both an inner journey to the depth of the soul and an outer journaey to the broken of society. Where the two... Topic: Grace Episcopal Church (Millbrook, N.Y.)
The aim of this project/thesis is to explore and reflect upon the ramifications of the relationship between parish ministry and real estate, and to lift up a unique kind of ministry to scrutiny, it is also its aim to make certain recommendations to future ministers, to seminary professors, to denominational officials, and to those engaged in the real estate business. -- Abstract. Topic: Part-time employment.
The thesis will address the question - what can we do to mitigate the tragedy of over 20,000 of our fellow human beings dying every day in the developing world due to hunger, disease, exposure, and neglect.--Abstract. Topic: UN Millennium Project
At its heart this thesis is an invitation. I invite the reader to share the journey stated in the thesis title: Returning to Holy Wells: Reflections on Refreshing God’s People.” That returning must never cease because our spiritual grounding unfolds as a continuous process and through the repetition of what we practice. It can be no other way for we do not ‘own’ the Holy. We grow thirsty on such a journey, and we need repeated refreshment for our deepest spiritual thirsts. We seek that... Topic: Eucharistic prayers--Episcopal Church--Liturgy.
The goals of the thesis: To identify the ways in which Liberal Feminism points or fails to point the way to Feminist Liberation. -- To discover what personally, institutionally, societally, and intellectually blocks and facilitates white, middle-strata feminist Presbyterian clergywomen in moving more consistently toward Feminist Liberation. -- To uncover the limitations and risks of feminist Presbyterian clergywomen continuing to affirm and use a Liberal Feminist analysis as a foundation base... Topic: Presbyterian Church--Clergy
As an activist and political rhetorician, Luce Irigaray continually positions her work vis-à-vis communities of women who are struggling against the oppressive logic of phallocentrism and its conception of the divine, yet her audience has been and continues to be academic feminists whose disciplinary interests rarely lead them to construct liturgies and socially-enacted rhetorics designed to test the practical force of Luce Irigaray’s theological reflections. Such is not the case, however,... Topic: Irigaray, Luce.
This thesis will serve those who read it as both an “introduction” and an “invitation” to feminist theology in providing a sampling of insights from a range of feminist theologians that may offer encouragement for the readers to further investigate the works written by them. This thesis is also an invitation offered to those women and men who week after week worship in their local churches only to walk out of these institutions frustrate, confused, angered, marginalized and searching... Topic: Women--Religious life--United States.
... a brief glimpse of how the story of Jesus might have appeared to a woman disciple who, unlike any of the canonical evangelists, was an eyewitness to many of the events of his life, death and resurrection, as imagined by a late twentieth century feminist. -- Abstract Topic: Bible.N.T. Gospels--Feminist criticism
This study will help to prepare lay and ordained ministers in the Episcopal church to notice the exclusion of African-Americans from visual art in worship space. My observations about what I found and what was missing in visual art in various churches led me to write this thesis. This study is designed to meet the current need for Christian education and to prepare ministers to lead worship in liturgical space that is true to the evolving demographics of Episcopal parishes. Newcomers may arrive... Topic: Art and religion.
My thesis will explore the healing power found in the union of sexuality and spirituality... sharing evidence of how it is transformational in the lives of queer people, and demonstrating whre evidence of it can be found in scripture. -- Abstract. Topic: Metropolitan Community Church
"Episcopal female clergy leaders of African heritage: trailblazers and colleagues" is a two part work focused on two groups of women and their stories, spiritual formation, ministry and struggles. The first part consists of interviews with five of the first eleven African American women ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church. The second section looks at the ministry of some of my colleagues, whose paths I have crossed during our ministry, who have or are working in all or... Topic: African American women--Religious life
An attempt to explain how ritual acts can exist in the Gopel of Philip, a test that constitutes a component of a gnostic theological discourse in which created material being is evil. --Conclusion (p. 42). Topic: Philip, the Evangelist, Saint
Another way of putting this is I am not speaking of discovery. Rather, it is revelation. Something existed in the situations of some people in a certain place long before I found it and declared it important to me. I am in the vulnerable position of colonialist. The northern world is finally hearing indigenous native peoples describe the devastating results to them of being “discovered” by European colonizers. Whatever there is in my discernment, therefore, must be honored as a fragile... Topic: Church work--Community outreach.
Investigate what I would call “helping” or “healing” relationships between survivors and their “allies,” focusing in particular on those of us who profess religious, spiritual or theological dimensions in our work. Because we allies operate in many different arenas: social work, pastoral care, political advocacy, education, religious congregations, psychotherapy and spiritual direction, for example, I am interested in exploring what may be our common experiences of trauma and... Topic: Psychic trauma--Treatment development--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Among those who work with AIDS organizations, lesbians occupy the margins. In the gay community, communites of color and in the health care industry, the contributions of lesbians to the work against AIDS goes unacknowledged ... This is my attempt to learn from and give voice to lesbians of every race, ethnicity and religious heritage who have chosen to walk with this storm. - Abstract. Topic: AIDS (Disease) -- Religious aspects
When we began I was looking for an experience in liturgy that would transform me into someone capable of living justly and compassionately. And I was an Episcopal priest with responsibility to see that sacraments happen. And now? The same. With a blind, formless, sniffing hunch that there is a way of acting, a performance, a gesture? that can turn us to the death and resurrection that creates every possibility for a life restored … The point! That we’re that close, all the time, to some... Topic: Spiritual life--Christianity
To investigate the spirituality of women at mid-life who had made a significant decision concerning their identity and allegiance, one that had changes the course of their lives … In part, an effort to record and reflect the process of making /discovering the meaning of an important period in my life. -- Abstract Topic: Feminist theology.
"This thesis gathers the experiences of a small number of Chinese Americans who, like myself, came to be members of Episcopal congregations that were largely non- Chinese. It makes no claim to be a comprehensive or authoritative “study” of all Chinese Americans in the Episcopal Church. I call the six people who shared their voices Dialog Partners rather than “research subjects.” The Dialog Partners’ voices and my own are put in conversation with literature selected from Asian... Topics: Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries, Asian-American Protestants--Religious life--United States, Chinese...
A contribution to the conversation taking place in MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) about how we can practically recognize and draw upon our unique perspectives and strengths, of which I believe queer theology to be the primary tool, in order to live faithfully into our vision. -- Abstract Topic: Queer theory
This thesis focuses on the racial and religious identity development of second-generation Kerala Christian Americans belonging to the Church of South India (CSI) congregations in North America. The primary purpose of this study is to develop ways to carry out ethnic youth ministry that would be sensitive to the ethnic identity formation of second-generation young people. In the exploration of such a ministry, this study makes the assertion that ethnic identity development of these young people... Topic: Church of South India--United States.
"In this thesis I explore how support for the spiritual development of students in secular colleges and universities is evolving, particularly in response to the increased diversity of the student population and the rising numbers of religiously unaffiliated students, many of whom are disinterested in, even hostile to, religion. To serve this population, some chaplains are shifting their primary focus to interfaith dialog, service to others, and the exploration of questions of meaning and... Topics: Spiritual life, College students--Religious life--United States, Universities and colleges--United...
Drawing on over three years of ministry in the virtual world of Second Life as a case study, this thesis explores the question, “Is online ministry ethical and effective for the spiritual development of individuals in the formation of a faith community?” We explore why many people are suspicious of the possibility of relating to others in virtual reality. Addressing the obvious issues of perceived and real anonymity, we consider how virtual relationships are similar and different to... Topics: Metropolitan Community Church, Virtual reality--Religious aspects, Second Life (Game), Shared...
This study of economics and concrete realities expressed through Latin American liberation theology has confirmed my belief in and intrigue with the inseparability of economic analysis and a theology of liberation... The power of Latin American liberation theology lies partially in its ability to wholeheartedly address the socioeconomic realities of the everyday lives of the people who populate Latin America. – Abstract Topic: Liberation theology
The vast discrepancy between the number of lesbian clergy who are out, employed and valued and the majority who are forced to remain closeted to retain the respect they have earned is staggering in both number and implication. Denominations that officially refuse to ordain “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals” are accepting them into the ranks of the clergy by the score as long as they remain closeted. Their gifts in ministry are clearly valued and their “calls” affirmed. This fact... Topic: Lesbian clergy.
This thesis is a testament to my struggle to say something important that counts - to articulate a holy hunch ... The diversity found within humanity is both intentional and incarnational, and can provide an embodied means to genuine community, becuase it is the essence of and a gift from God. -- Abstract. Topic: Christianity and culture.
A thesis project in which I will bring together my personal journey to ministry into dialogue with issues of diversity and justice through ecumenical witness, social movements for justice, and engagement in public policy. -- Abstract. Topic: Metropolitan Community Church.
The impetus for this thesis was the 2004 grassroots effort to defeat Amendment 1 in my home state of Georgia. During that experience I witnessed some of the unfinished racial and relational work that exists between members of the African American and GLBT communities as well as the tension of those who identify as both African American and GLBT. This paper offers insights regarding some of the similarities and differences of the Civil Rights and Gay Rights Movements in order to continue the... Topic: Perry, Troy D.
In this thesis I have explored the need of middle school children in Manchester for “a place” to “hang out.” Toward that end, I have also explored my own life path and the reasons I know that I am called by God to work for “a place’ of these children in Manchester. I have concluded that there are overwhelming theological, ethical, and social imperatives supporting this goal. Nonetheless, I have also concluded that Manchester has a long history of shortchanging its children. This is... Topic: Church work with teenagers--Massachusetts--Manchester.
In this paper I will look at pedagogical models that make space for mutual support and encouragement, interactive dialogical learning, respectful conversation and the formation of community within the learning environment. These principles are described as feminist and anti-oppression in their focus particularly because they value the voice and opinion of all and specifically make space for marginalized opinions, views that do not coincide with the values and focus of dominant cultural... Topic: Feminist liberation theology--Study and teaching.
"The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States (TOCCUSA) is a fledgling church in the Catholic tradition establishing its identity in the United States. As a nascent organization, it presently lacks the structure for educating its clergy. Currently, most of the clergy and membership were formed in the Roman Catholic Church and because TOCCUSA envisions a more inclusive, welcoming and contemporary Catholic Church, a new model of ministry better reflecting its ethos is desired.... Topics: Old Catholic Church in America, Catholic traditionalist movement, Independent Catholic Churches,...
The aim of this thesis is to examine the global environmental crisis that has escalated in the last decade, and to explore what people of faith, specifically people adopting Buddhist and Christian ecofeminist views of the environment, can bring to the moral dilemma. --Abstract. Topic: Ecofeminism--Religious aspects--Christianity.
In My Father’s House: An African American Male Ministry” is a work designed to fully empower a segment of God’s creation for the work of ministry in and out of the institutional church. It is my belief that there is a significant and underutilized community of potential believers who if empowered will be strong and faithful witnesses to God’s power and glory. It is my belief that working with African American men through retreats, prayer groups, fellowship and service opportunities, we... Topic: African American men--Religious life.
The focus of the thesis is on the ethical foundations of Miriam Van Waters' penology, the process of locating those values entails a braid of several disciplines: biographical research, historical research, and Christian social ethics. -- Abstract Topic: Van Waters, Miriam.
An attempt to look at Eucharistic liturgy through the lens of Indian street theater, with the hope that the latter will suggest specific ways to re-form the performance of Eucharistic liturgies so that they may more effectively mediate the sacramental promise of liberation/salvation. --Abstract. Topic: Street theater--India
"The Christian Karens are the majority of Christian population in Burmese Christianity. For many decades, Christian Karens have represented the image of Burmese Christianity. Theologies of Christian Karens are considered as the theologies of Burmese Christians. The nineteenth century Christian theologies rooted in the western missionaries do not work in today’s experience of the Burmese people, both Christians and non-Christians. Today the Burmese people are experiencing political,... Topics: Karen (Southeast Asian people)--Missions, Missions--Burma, Christianity and culture--Burma,...
Biblical reading strategies are continually emerging for oppressed peoples, including Latina/os and LGBT folk. The indigenous principle of nepantla (middle space) serves as a distinct and profitable hermeneutic in defining the unique queer Latina/o experience and opens the door to beneficial biblical reading strategies. When using queer experiences of indigenous Mesoamerica to inform and expand cultural memory, queer Latina/os are able to develop biblical reading strategies that affirm rather... Topics: Metropolitan Community Church, Bible--Hermeneutics, Hispanic American theology, Hispanic American...
The purpose of writing the thesis that follows is to begin to lay a foundation for a Christian practice of sustainable agriculture. -- Abstract Topic: Sustainable development--Religious aspects--Christianity.
This thesis will explore [John Henry] Newman’s notion of the development of doctrine, with attention to the historical context in which he wrote. -- Abstract. Topic: Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890. Theory of developments in religious doctrine.
"The challenges facing Afro-Anglican congregations involve questions of mission, ministry and leadership. Many Afro-Anglican congregations consist of a varied mixture of people of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and African background or heritage. This diasporic context raises questions of identity, meaning, and purpose. It is against this backdrop that I seek to explore the heritage, identity, and ministry of Afro-Anglican s in the United States. I revision the identity and the ministry... Topics: African American Episcopalians, African American Episcopalians--Religious life, Christian...
Hildegard of Bingen, famous in her lifetime as a prophet and composer of music, poetry, and books, left a collection of sermons which she had given to her nuns. The purpose of this paper is to locate these sermons within the culture in which they were performed, to examine how Hildegard uses symbols in the composing of these sermons, and speculate on how this knowledge might help preachers effectively and ethically evangelize. The particular lens through which I will conduct this analysis will... Topic: Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179
This thesis reviews five specific examples on Unitarian Universalist architecture in the past decade. A guiding question for my study of these buildings has been whether or not these worship spaces and churches reflect the identity of the religious communities they shelter. To begin with, I will provide a brief and general overview of the historical and contemporary contexts of these buildings. A brief history of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist architecture provides an... Topic: Unitarian Universalist church buildings--United States.
My hope is that an anti-racism education program offered to Christians in a predominantly white suburban community will motivate them to truly follow the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who created an inclusive community of faithful people, regardless of their race, social or religious staus, or gender. “There is no longer Jew or Greek, thee is nom longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) What follows is the result of a... Topic: Race relations--Religious aspects--Christianity.
To test the theory that the Book of Common Prayer can be a vehicle through which the Church can engage any difficult and contentious issue, my thesis will focus on the development of a dialogue through liturgy that could lead the Church to a theology of Christian Marriage that is inclusive of both heterosexual and homosexual persons. -- Abstract Topic: Marriage--Religious aspects--Episcopal Church
In this thesis I have tried to illuminate the importance of using a different historical imagination in revisioning our traditions and history. A different historical imagination enables us to ask new questions, and they, in turn, lead us to further expansion of even more different historical imaginations. In my search for a different historical imagination, I have also tried to illustrate the importance of who tells what stories and how they are told. This is because stories have a strong... Topic: Martha, Saint.
Trust is the key to the success of the Metropolitan Community Chruches (MCC) as a denomination and a movement. There are so many things MCC needs in order to succeed, but I am convinced that trust and trustworthy leadership is not just a key, but THE key. Exploring the concept of trust from the viewpoint of experts in organizational development, business, and theology will be central to this project. -- Abstract. Topic: Metropolitan Community Church.